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Three Reasons to Join Our Protest of 30 Years of Private Prisons Today in D.C.

Three Reasons to Join Our Protest of 30 Years of Private Prisons Today in D.C.

By Seema Sadanandan, Organizer, ACLU of the Nation's Capital at 10:53am

Join us at noon today in Washington, DC at 19th Street S.E. between C and Burke to protest the Corrections Corporation of America...

From Dee to Patti: Transgender Women Fighting Back Against Sexual Assault in Detention

From Dee to Patti: Transgender Women Fighting Back Against Sexual Assault in Detention

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 11:39am

Imagine how scared you would be if you were taken into custody by the police and told repeatedly that you are not who you know yourself to be. You are already afraid and the process is out of your control. You want to at least be kept safe while you…

Things that Are ALWAYS Illegal: Sexual Assault Behind Bars

Things that Are ALWAYS Illegal: Sexual Assault Behind Bars

By Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU at 12:13pm

Imagine you are taken from your community and family and sent to an institutional environment where everything is separated by sex. Once you get there the officers in charge of your every moment tell you that you are not the sex you have always known…

Rikers Puts Mentally Ill Teens in "the Box"

Rikers Puts Mentally Ill Teens in "the Box"

By Helen Vera, National Prison Project Fellow, ACLU at 11:21am

Matthew was seventeen. He’d been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has struggled with serious drug dependency and a difficult home life. He needed help. Instead, he got locked in “the box.”

This is how notorious New York City jail Rikers…

As Immigration Reform Comes Up Again, Watch This Private Prison Company

As Immigration Reform Comes Up Again, Watch This Private Prison Company

By Jesse Lava, Campaign Director, Beyond Bars & Sarah Solon, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 1:26pm

Now that the federal government is up and running again, President Obama...

New limits announced on ICE's solitary confinement of immigrants

New limits announced on ICE's solitary confinement of immigrants

By Carl Takei, ACLU National Prison Project at 4:06pm

Earlier this week, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a new directive regulating the use of solitary confinement in immigration detention. This is a welcome and much-needed step toward curtailing a practice that is both inhumane…

Former Death Row Prisoner Speaks Out Against Solitary, Capital Punishment

Former Death Row Prisoner Speaks Out Against Solitary, Capital Punishment

By Sarah Solon, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 12:07pm

Montez Spradley spent three-and-a-half years on death row in Alabama for a murder he did not commit...

The Iranian Government locked me in solitary confinement for 410 days. Today, my thoughts are with the hunger strikers.

The Iranian Government locked me in solitary confinement for 410 days. Today, my thoughts are with the hunger strikers.

By Sarah Shourd, Contributing Editor, Solitary Watch at 1:10pm

Sitting in a nearly empty cell – a metal sink, the blank stare of the white walls, fluorescent lights that never turn off – all you have are your own thoughts. Sometimes they race through your head like freight trains; other times a thought can…

NEW LAWSUIT: Massive Human Rights Violations at Mississippi Prison

NEW LAWSUIT: Massive Human Rights Violations at Mississippi Prison

By Gabriel Eber, ACLU National Prison Project & Margaret Winter, National Prison Project at 10:34am

East Mississippi Correctional Facility is hyper-violent, grotesquely filthy and dangerous. Patients with severe psychiatric disabilities go without basic mental health care. Many prisoners attempt suicide. This video is the story of a young man who…

"Joe's Law" Gets the Boot: A Lawyer for the Plaintiffs Explains

"Joe's Law" Gets the Boot: A Lawyer for the Plaintiffs Explains

By Andre Segura, Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:13am

Plaintiffs have established that the MCSO had sufficient intent to discriminate against Latino occupants of motor vehicles. Further, the Court concludes that the MCSO had and continues to have a facially discriminatory policy of considering…